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Short midweek breaks for the family

4th November 2019

Whether it’s one of the half terms, the never-ending summer holidays or the Christmas festivities are upon us, ensuring the kids are entertained is essential. And what better way to keep their attention than with a midweek getaway for the whole family to enjoy? From canal boat adventures to camping under the stars, find our top five short midweek breaks.

5 best midweek family breaks

1. Theme parks

Theme parks alone typically provide for an exciting fun-filled family day out. But what if you didn’t have to go home at the end of the day? With theme parks such as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, take your pyjamas and toothbrushes and book a stay in the on-site hotels for a couple of nights. With ample activities to take part in, early release into the park before the public and luxurious hotel grounds to explore, the fun doesn’t have to stop when the rides close at the end of the day.

If you’re staying at the Alton Towers resort, there’s also the option of taking the swimming costumes and spending the day in Splash Landings – the on-site indoor water park. By staying over at the hotel, the whole theme park experience can seem like a mini-holiday, and makes for a perfect midweek getaway for the whole family. Alternatively, you can also reach LEGOLAND when you collect a boat from Aldermaston Wharf; West Midlands Safari Park from Worcester Marina; and Drayton Manor park from Gailey Base. Our wide selection of narrowboat holidays allows you to explore the fun of a variety of theme parks during your holiday on the waters!

2. City breaks

Whether you’re jetting off to a foreign city abroad or staying closer to home in a UK city, exploring a city different to your own provides for a great midweek family break. Walk around the botanical gardens of the city; discover their own museums and galleries; and, if abroad, soak up the different culture by trying adventurous cuisine and attending cultural events.

Usually, city breaks offer the opportunity to bask in the history of that place or country. Use the occasion to teach the kids about a culture different to their own or, if closer to home, how the history of the city they’re exploring directly relates to them, and their lives today.

Again, exploring cities is also possible on a canal boat holiday with ABC Boat Hire – whether it’s reaching Birmingham city centre from Alvechurch Marina; Edinburgh or Glasgow from Falkirk; or Bath city centre from Hilperton Marina, there’s endless routes you can take to explore the heart of cities while embarking on a canal boat holiday.

3. Camping

Dependent on the time of year, camping up in the woods under the stars could be a great way to entertain the kids on a midweek getaway. Whether you take to the roads and travel across to different parts of the UK such as Scotland or Wales, or simply camp up in your local area, the experience alone is enough to create long-lasting memories for both adults and children.

There’s plenty for the whole family to get excited about – such as helping put up the tent, cooking food on the barbeque and perhaps indulging in some stereotypical campfire guitar playing and a sing song!

4. Canal boat midweek holidays

Right here on our doorstep, why not choose ABC Boat Hire for your next midweek getaway? With a wide selection of locations, routes and boats to choose from, a canal boat holiday is the perfect choice for a midweek break. With the ability to glide through the waters in your own accommodation for the week, not only does this midweek holiday create the chance for the kids to get involved with different levels of responsibilities on the boat, but it creates a fun, unique holiday they won’t forget.

Just as perfect for midweek breaks for couples as it is for the whole family, discover beautiful scenery to admire, canal boat holidays for teenagers and how to boat on a budget from our helpful guides.

5. Canal side cottages

Perhaps being afloat cruising on the waters isn’t your cup of tea? Don’t let that stop you from being at one with the waters – with one of our ABC Holiday Cottages, find a midweek family break that encompasses both nature and the waters while remaining on land. With a wide range of holiday cottages scattered across both England and Wales, escape to the countryside for beautiful scenery and traditional canal side pubs.

Now you’ve discovered the best midweek breaks ideas for family, book your own short midweek break with ABC Boat Hire, where you can find the best canal routes for kids, pet-friendly holidays and more. Get in touch with a member of our helpful team for more information now for your midweek family break.

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